Watching the news right now is something you must have nerves of steel to do. So many terrible things are going on in the world, in our country, in our neighborhood. After watching this evening I thought about times in the past when it seemed things couldn’t get worse yet here we are…
Ephesians 2:14 “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation…” I thought of a song my dad sang during his ministry so many times named “Peace in the Valley” and thought maybe writing about it would make me feel a little better, so I looked up the back story on it, I knew it would be good.
Quoted from an article by Lindsay Terry, “In 1937, he (Tommy Dorsey) wrote a song for Mahalia Jackson, “Peace in the Valley,” which has become extremely popular. I will never forget hearing a young black man walking down a road on Andros Island, an out-of-the-way part of the Bahamas, singing “Peace in the Valley.” In the song, Dorsey speaks of being “tired and so weary,” a plight of many of God’s people who “must go along.” But there is coming a time when the “morning is bright and the Lamb is the Light.” In that time and place, the “night is as fair as the day” and there is no more sadness, sorrow, or trouble—only peace.” I find it hard to even read those lyrics without tears rolling down my cheeks as I remember hearing my dad sing it and then offering to introduce the one who brought that peace, Jesus, to anyone who would come to the altar.
I am wondering what was going on in the life of the author of this song as he penned those words: “My Lord I’m tired and I’m weary but I must go along, till the Lord comes and calls me away, oh yes, where the morning is bright and the Lamb is the light and the night, the night is as fair as the day, oh yes.”
What is it my friend that you are looking for? How has the peace been shattered in your own life? I have a basically peaceful life, and I am thankful to God for His goodness to me, but sometimes my own problems seem to swamp me. I’m thinking maybe you are feeling swamped also?
If you don’t know me, personally, I will tell you I am the single mother of two wonderful adult children, and have two brilliant (grandmother talk) grand children. My mother lives with me and I am her caregiver, however a crushing thing is happening as she is losing a sense of who I am. I remember how devastated she was when she came from taking her own parents out to eat one evening, her mother had called her “Era” the whole evening and referred to fun things they had done as children. This Era was cousin to my grandmother and after that night she never again called my mother by her name. I had encouraged my mother and told her that Mama loved her cousin so much but it didn’t help much with her feelings, now I understand. I share this with you because it may help you with something you are going through. We all have problems and there is only one solution that is to pray to our Lord.
Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” Before daddy died when she would be confused about whom I was he reminded her that during her labor when she was giving birth to me she was quoting, from the 23rd Psalm, “Yea though I walk through the valley and the shadow of death I will fear no evil”. There were times that hearing that she would have a moment of clarity and say “Sure! Harolene is my oldest child.” It was a simple statement that gave me a little comfort, she knew me.
How precious it is for us to recognize Jesus as our Savior, when we ignore Him or call Him by another name, I know it grieves His heart. Why don’t you look into His face and call His name, His name is Jesus.
I don’t know what you think or believe but I am looking for a time when Jesus returns and takes those who are watching for Him back to His house to live in peace for eternity and I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t happen in my lifetime!
Lindsay Terry ended the article with the words; “There is no word more precious than peace, nor a more joyous state of being for a Christian, than to know God’s peace. We long for it, and when it comes to us it is directly from our heavenly Father.”
To that I add Amen and Amen, Peace out!